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The Arts in Healthcare

National Organisations and General Information Sources

Arts for Health

Elizabeth Gaskell Campus

Manchester Metropolitan University

Shepherds House

Hathersage Road

Manchester M13 OJA

Tel: 0161 247 1091

email: [email protected]


Arts for Health is a national voluntary centre established to provide practical help, information and advice to all who are concerned with using the arts as a complementary part of health care.


University of Durham

Dawson Building

South Road

Durham DH1 3LE

Tel: 0191 3342917

email: [email protected]


CAHHM is a research centre based in Durham University's multidisciplinary School for Health. The Centre's aim is to pursue interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives that will explore and extend the relationship between the humanities, the arts and medical and healthcare practice.

Creative Remedies

Esther Jones, Creative Remedies Administrator

Arts and Museums Service

Shugborough, Milford

Stafford, ST17 0XB

Tel: 01889 881 388

email: [email protected]


Creative Remedies is the arts and health website for the West Midlands. It showcases projects, has a contacts database, features current news and provides advice to those involved or wanting to become involved in arts and health activity. Much of the advice provided is of general relevance.

Critical Connections

Deborah Munt or Von Allen, Open Art

Tel: 0870 990 5075

email: [email protected]


Critical Connections is the arts and health development programme for Yorkshire and The Humber. The focus on the site is on practice in the region, however, many of the links and resources are general ones.


St Mary’s Hospital

Hathersage Road


Tel: 0161 256 4389

email: [email protected]


LIME has over twenty years’ experience of using the arts in health care contexts and has a team of in-house artists working in a variety of media.

London Arts and Health Forum

Floor 1, Menier Chocolate Factory

51 Southwark Street

London SE1 1RU

Tel: 0845 602 0825

email: [email protected]


London Arts in Health Forum works to promote and support arts in health activity across London and nationally. The organisation is free to join and offers regular events, a monthly newsletter, training sessions and advice and support for artists, architects, clinical staff and anyone with an interest in arts in health.

National Network for Arts in Health

The National Network for Arts in Health (NNAH) was operational from 2000 to 2006. There is currently no national organisation for the arts in health in the UK.

Paintings in Hospitals

First Floor

Menier Chocolate Factory

51 Southwark Street



email: [email protected]


Paintings in Hospitals is a registered charity within the UK which loans artworks to hospitals, hospices and healthcare facilities for the benefit of their patients, staff and visitors.

Willis Newson Ltd

10-12 Picton Street

Bristol BS6 5QA

Tel: 0117 924 7617

email: [email protected]


Willis Newson is a Bristol-based arts consultancy specialising in healthcare and the built environment and is involved in a number of arts and healthcare projects in the south west region including setting up an ongoing arts programme for North Bristol NHS Trust and developing a public art plan for a new Regional Adult Cardiothoracic Centre on the Bristol Royal Infirmary site.

Recent projects have included: Moving On for the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Leading the Way at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Selected Bibliography

The Arts and Community Engagement in LIFT (2008)

A brochure that aims to provide insight into different aspects of art – process and product – in LIFT. The LIFT initiative is the first coordinated programme of major investment in purpose-built facilities for NHS Primary Health Care and Local Authority community.

Published by Community Health Partnerships.

New Kings Beam House, 11th Floor, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9BW.

Tel: 0207 633 4113; Fax: 0207 633 4151


Download this report as an Adobe Acrobat format document, 1077KB

Art and Healthcare (1989)

Handbook of Healthcare Arts commissioned by the Health Building Directorate of the Department of Health. Contains ideas, case studies and information on funding and sponsorship.

By Linda Moss. Out of print.

Published by DHSS, Health Building Directorate.

Art and Nature : Healing - Design for Health in the UK and Japan (2006)

This book explores of issues and ideas on the future of healing environments

in the UK and Japan, based upon the principles of evidence-based design.

By Graham Cooper; Foreword by Shigeaki Hinohara.

Published by BookART in collaboration with the Great Britain Sasakawa


Available from: G. Cooper, Harmonie, Peak Hill, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NW

The Art of Dying (1989)

A record of a residency and commission for two artists at a hospice.

By Michaela Crimmin, William F Shand and Jenny A Thomas.

ISBN 1 85551 048 0. Out of print.

Published by the Kings Fund.

The Arts, Health and Wellbeing (2007)

This is Arts Council England's first national strategy for the arts, health and wellbeing.

ISBN 978-0-7287-1338-3.

Available from Marston Book Services, 01235 465500, or email [email protected].

Available as a free download from the Arts Council's website, www.artscouncil.org.uk

Arts in health: a review of the medical literature (2006)

This report explores the relationship of the arts to healthcare and the influence and effect they have on health. The report focuses on studies published from 1990 to 2004, looking at 385 papers from medical literature.

ISBN 0 7287 1044 7

By Dr Rosalia Lelchuk Staricoff

Published by Arts Council England .

Available from Marston Book Services, PO Box 269 , Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4YN - send a cheque for £8 payable to Arts Council England with your details and the ISBN

Tel: 01235 465500 Email: [email protected]

To download the full report free, see www.artscouncil.org.uk

Arts in Healthcare (2002)

Two publications targeted at senior healthcare managers, highlighting the developments taking place in the field of the arts, health and medical care.

1. Printed directory of key agencies working in the arts in healthcare field with a brief description of each. ISBN 0 7287 0866 3.

2. CD-ROM providing an overview of current policy within arts in healthcare, and highlights the breadth of work being undertaken. Also contains contact details of key agencies that are included in the Arts in Healthcare Directory. ISBN 07287 0865 5.

Published by The Arts Council of England.

Available from Marston Book Services Ltd, PO Box 269, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4YN.

Tel: 01235 465500 Fax: 01235 465555 www.marston.co.uk

The Arts in Healthcare - Learning from Experience (1999)

Looks at the use of arts in healthcare in the UK and abroad, with an emphasis on research.

Editors. Duncan Haldane, Susan Loppert. ISBN 1857172469.

Published by the Kings Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN.

Tel: 0207 307 2400. www.kingsfund.org.uk

The Arts in a Health District (1985)

Guidelines based on a case study of an arts project feasibility study for the Isle of Wight Health District.

By Peter Coles. Out of print.

Published by DHSS Health Building Directorate.

Art in Hospitals (1989)

A guide and video produced by Lesley Greene about commissioning art and artists for hospitals. Out of print.

Published by The Kings Fund.

Arts in Hospital: Handling the Media (2006)

A briefing guide produced by Josie Aston for Arts Council England following research carried out by the London Arts for Health Forum and the National Network for the Arts in Health.

Follow this link to download the briefing guide as an Adobe Acrobat document, 153KB.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children - Arts Catalogue (2003)

Art was integrated into the new Bristol Royal Hospital for Children from the outset. An arts consultant, a lead artist and an artist-in-residence were appointed to inform the art and design process. The Arts Catalogue illustrates completed work.

ISBN 1 870282 37 X.

Available from Ruth Jacobs, Arts Co-ordinator, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Paul O'Gorman Building, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8BJ.

Tel: 0117 342 8807; Email: [email protected]

Designed with Care:  Design and neighbourhood healthcare buildings (2006)

Fifteen wide ranging case studies of new healthcare buildings that have challenged existing ways of working, responded to the needs of their neighbourhood, created a human and reassuring environment, used space and light to create a calming atmosphere and developed an inclusive design ethos from the outset.   These case studies present lessons for others involved in future healthcare buildings.

ISBN  1-84633-006-8

Published by Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), 1 Kemble Street, London WC2B 4AN

Tel: 020 7070 6700  Email: [email protected] www.cabe.org.uk

Designing for Health: Architecture, Art and Design at the James Cook University Hospital (2005)

The Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine (CAHHM) at the University of Durham evaluated the arts project at the new James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The aim of the study was "to evaluate the extent to which a planned approach to architecture, art and design in a major tertiary care NHS hospital has a beneficial effect on patients' and visitors' experiences of the hospital and on patient and staff wellbeing."

CAHHM, University of Durham, Dawson Building, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE.

Tel: 0191 334 2913; Email: [email protected].


Follow this link to download the study as an Adobe Acrobat document: 1.84Mb

Estatecode environments for quality care health buildings in the community(1994)

A series on art and design in primary and secondary health care.

By NHS Estates. ISBN 0113217641

Published by HMSO.

Available from The Stationery Office (TSO).

Tel: 0870 600 5522 Fax: 0870 600 5533 Email: [email protected]

Evaluation of Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme (2007)

Evaluates the second England-wide phase of the King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme in NHS Trusts, focusing on 9 of the 23 projects involved.

By York Health Economics Consortium for the King's Fund

Available as a free download from the King's Fund website:


Exeter Health Care Arts - Evaluation and Research Project

This report is the result of an evaluation project of the work of Exeter Health Care Arts (EHCA), which has been carried out by Peter Scher and Peter Senior. This very detailed study covers the history of EHCA, an inventory of the artwork, which the project has supported, an opinion survey of users' responses to selected artwork and an opinion survey of some front-line clinical staff.

Full report published on Exeter Health Care Arts' website: www.ehca.org.uk

The Healing Environment: Without and Within (2003)

A collection of papers written by many of the leading exponents of the arts in the healthcare movement. It covers a range of art forms, contexts from architecture to patient care, and examples of good practice in hospitals, the community and mental health programmes.

Editors: Deborah Kirklin, Ruth Richardson. ISBN 1 86016 191 X.

Published by Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place , Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE.

Tel: 0207 935 1174. Email: [email protected] www.rcplondon.ac.uk/

Helping to Heal (1993)

This publication charts the growth of the 'arts for health' movement.

By Peter Senior and Jonathan Croall. ISBN 0 903319578.

Published by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Available from Central Books, 99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN.

Tel: 0845 458 9911 www.centralbooks.co.uk

Impressions of Barts and the London Breast Care Centre (2007)

This publication documents a research project that investigated how, if at all, the environment and the use of art affected the service delivery of patient care.

Published by Vital Arts.

Available from Vital Arts.

Tel: 020 7480 4654; Email: [email protected].

Improving the patient experience

The art of good health A practical handbook (2002) ISBN 0113224990

The art of good health Using visual arts in healthcare (2002)

ISBN 0113224982

A series of publications by NHS Estates intended for all those involved in designing, procuring, developing and maintaining healthcare buildings. The intention is to encourage new and inventive ways to improve environments for patients and staff. The publications contain case studies, advice and guidance on how best to implement and manage change programmes, both for new builds and refurbishment.

Published by NHS Estates.

Available from The Stationery Office (TSO).

Tel: 0870 600 5522 Fax: 0870 600 5533 Email: [email protected]

London Hospitals: The Use of the Arts in Acute Trusts (2007)

Research carried out by the London Arts and Health Forum on behalf of Arts Council England, London. The study is a review of existing arts activity within acute NHS trusts in London, and is based on information provided by 19 of the 32 acute trusts. A useful benchmarking document for those with an interest in hospital-based arts programmes.

Download this report as a Word document, 181 KB .

Patient-focussed Architecture for Healthcare (1996)

Promotes the public's understanding of architecture and design as they affect the healing process.

By Peter Scher, with video by Peter Senior. ISBN 1 900 756015.

Published by Arts for Health, Elizabeth Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Shepherds House, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0JA.

Tel: 0161 247 1091. www.mmu.ac.uk/artsforhealth/

A Prospectus for Arts and Health (2007)

This prospectus produced jointly by the Department of Health and Arts Council England celebrates and promotes the benefits of the arts in improving everyone’s wellbeing, health and healthcare, and its role in supporting those who work in and with the National Health Service. The prospectus shows that the arts can, and do, make a major contribution to key health and wider community issues.

ISBN 978-0-7287-1339-0.

Available from Marston Book Services, 01235 465500, or email [email protected].

Available as a free download from the Arts Council's website, www.artscouncil.org.uk

Pyramids of Light (1991)

Examines work taking place in the realm of priority care and the impact the arts can have on those suffering from mental illness.

By Lee Corner. ISBN 0 904659 097. Out of print.

Published by Yorkshire Arts.

Report of the Review of the Arts and Health Working Group (2007)

The report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group, which was set up by Harry Cayton, the National Director for Patient and the Public, to support him in advising the Department of Health on its role in relation to arts and health.

Published by the Department of Health.

Available as a free download from the Department of Health's website, www.dh.gov.uk/publications.

Step by Step - a creative partnership (2003)

A new commissioning guide describes the arts commissioning process for the new Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

By Lesley Greene.

Available from Ruth Jacobs, Arts Co-ordinator, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Paul O'Gorman Building, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8BJ.

Tel: 0117 342 8807; Email: [email protected]

A Vision of Caring Environments: Arts for Health (1989)

The proceedings of the first national conference on Arts for Health in Manchester.

Out of print.

Published by Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University.

West Wing - making art and architecture work for health (2005)

The book charts the transformation of a near derelict 18th century ward block in St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, into a state-of-the-art Breast Care Centre, with patients at the centre of the healthcare design process. Includes essays by the NHS Trust project manager, architect, specialist nurse, patient support group/art steering group member, hospital arts project director, curator, and the artists.

ISBN 0 9549530 0 2

Published by Barts and the London NHS Trust.

Available from Vital Arts, Barts and the London NHS Trust, 1st Floor, 9 Prescot Street, London E1 8PR. Tel: 0207 480 4654.

Arts and Health Contact List for the South West of England

Sharon Addinall or Dr Robert Marshall
Royal Cornwall Hospital

General Services Directorate



Cornwall TR1 3LJ

Tel: 01872 250000

email: [email protected]

Annie Beardsley
Healthy Living Centre

5 Knowle West Health Park

Downton Road

Knowle West

Bristol BS4 1WH

Tel: 0117 377 2256

email: [email protected]


Alexandra Coulter

Arts Co-ordinator

Dorset County Hospital

Williams Avenue


Dorset DT1 2JY

Tel: 01305 251150

email: [email protected]

Alexandra Coulter

Arts Consultant

East Somerset NHS Trust

Yeovil District Hospital

Higher Kingston


Somerset BA21 4AT

Mob: 0797 334967

email: [email protected]

Richard Cragg
Kaleido: Disability and Deaf Arts South West

Bradninch Place

Gandy Street

Exeter EX4 3LS

Tel: 01392 219440

email: [email protected]


Hetty Dupays

Arts Co-ordinator


Royal United Hospital NHS Trust

Combe Park

Bath BA1 3NG

T: 01225 824987

email: [email protected]


Bronwen Gwillim
Arts Co-ordinator
Art for Life

Musgrove Park Hospital


Somerset TA1 5DA

Tel: 01823 342488

email: bronwengw [email protected]

Camilla Hale

Project Manager
Art Shape Ltd

26 Station Road

Gloucester GL1 1EW

Tel: 01452 307684

email: [email protected]


Trystan Hawkins
Artistic Director
Zest: Arts for Health
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Bircham House

Plymouth International Business Park

Plymouth PL6 5WR

Tel: 01752 437006

email: [email protected]

Revd. Stephen Henderson

The Chaplaincy Dept.

Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust

The Great Western Hospital

Marlborough Road

Swindon. SN3 6BB

Tel: 01793 604288 (Direct Office)

email: [email protected]

Caroline Hill
Communications Manager
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hengrave House, Torbay Hospital

Lawes Bridge


Devon TQ2 7AA

Tel: 01803 655744

email: [email protected]

South Devon Healthcare Arts and The Gallery, Torbay Hospital, Tel: 01803 654557


Jayne Howard
Arts for Health Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

16 St Mary’s Street


Cornwall TR1 2AF

Tel: 01872 274592

email: [email protected]


Ruth Jacobs
Arts Co-ordinator
United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Paul O’Gorman Building

Bristol BS2 8BJ

Tel: 0117 342 8807

email: [email protected]

Ralph Lister
Executive Director
Take Art Ltd

The Mill, Flaxdragon Farm

South Petherton

Somerset TA13 5LR

Tel: 01460 249450

email: [email protected]


Emily Malins
Arts Co-ordinator
Arts in Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
(including Cheltenham General, Gloucestershire Royal and Delancey Hospitals)

Willis Newson Ltd

Arts Consultants

10-12 Picton Street

Bristol BS6 5QA

Tel: 0117 924 7617

email: [email protected]


Sara Norrish
Arts Co-ordinator
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Design & Publications

Pendragon Annexe

Truro TR1 3LJ

Tel: 01872 254632

email: [email protected]

Stephen Pettet-Smith
Arts Manager
Exeter Health Care Arts

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Bowmore House, Barrack Road

Exeter EX2 5DW

Tel: 01392 402366

email: [email protected]


Peter Ursem
ArtCare General Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Salisbury District Hospital


Wiltshire SP2 9BJ

Tel: 01722 336262

email: [email protected]


Sarah Winch
Arts and Media Development Co-ordinator
Community at Heart

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre

Beam Street

Barton Hill

Bristol BS5 9QY

Tel: 0117 304 1429

Email: [email protected]


Arts and Health South West

Arts and Health South West is an organisation that was been set up in 2006 by people working in the Arts and Health sector with support from Arts Council England, South West. Originally conceived as a Forum to support people working in the sector, Arts and Health South West aims to:

  • raise the profile of the Arts and Health sector across the region
  • influence the development of Arts and Health across the region
  • provide information and support for those working in the Arts and Health sector in the region
  • encourage partnerships between health and arts professionals in the region
  • support the professional development of people working in the sector.

Arts and Health South West will achieve its aims by:

  • developing a responsive member-led organisation
  • working in partnership with other strategic agencies
  • providing access to information and support
  • providing opportunities for networking and continuing professional development.

The Co-ordinator for Arts and Health South West is Emma Williams and the contact address is PO Box 2696, Bristol, BS2 2AL.

Tel: 0117 907 3861; Email: [email protected]

Website: www.artsandhealthsouthwest.org.uk